The Museum of American war letters is a virtual exhibition launched by Andrew Carroll, the Center for American War Letters – together with Chapman University (Orange, California). The site intends to exhibit correspondences from the American Revolution up to the present.
#nodegoatday2021 – organised by Kaspar Gubler at the University of Bern team Warlux had the opportunity to introduce the Warlux data model with nodegoat and to discuss the use of relational data base with others.
nodegoat (https://nodegoat.net) is the data storage and data management platform for Warlux. We will list all our individuals in our case studies to grasp and visualise the links between the individuals. We will use this tool as our “database” for statistical overviews and our quantitative analysis. (The ego-documents, the result of our crowdsourcing project, we will use qualitative methodologies with another tool, not yet defined).
The current project WARLUX aims to study the biographies of young Luxembourgers, born between 1920 and 1927, who were drafted by the German Nazi authorities for Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst) and the German Army (Wehrmacht). The conscription of young Luxembourgers is mostly displayed in documents, starting from police, enrolment registration records by regional authorities, lists of transportations and records about their service. However, for the study of biographies, a more personal insight of the affected people is required, as behind these administrative files ley 10.000 other stories.
The individual war experiences in the study of the conscripts are essential in project Warlux and are included in the research. Ego documents (testimonies, family stories, diaries, letters, postcards, photographs…) are retrieved to complement the data set and existing documents in state and municipal archives. The Warlux project issued a call for crowdsourcing in February 2021, encouraging people to come forward to share their stories and their ego-documents or those of their family members.
The call was launched via a (digital) press conference, followed by newspaper articles and radio announcement and a social media campaign. The campaign will continue nationwide in the coming months with a flyer and poster campaign.